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the energy demand and energy supply and infrastructure deficit is there. and you know, we see, you know, doubling of energy demand over the next decade. and that's going to continue fueling the name for -- >> you see that sort of energy demand then. how are you reacting in terms of what your investment strategy is going to be, your production strategy? >> we've been in asia for just over 40 years. and leighton is one of the few companies with a full economic footprint off of asia. we continue to export services where we can extract value. we're excited about the opportunities we see, especially in countries such as indonesia. >> just talk about australia. we heard inflation, a little weaker than expected today. mr. swann from rbc says there's potentially room to cut rates. do you think they need to? what's your view of the economy? >> i think the big issue for us that we're seeing affecting a lot of businesses is the strong australian dollar. and i think companies need to adjust to a new norm of having a stronger dollar and what does that mean and how can we make ourselves sustainable.
in productivity in the real economy. energy, telecom and the banking system. we have now a strong banking system but is not lending enough, particularly the small and medium sized companies. so this productivity reforms are the focus of economic policy these days. of course, it's a challenging environment. but i think it's something that is quite possible to happen. >> i was looking at some numbers and nearly 1% gdp growth this year is the target for growth in mexico. that's four times the pace of brazil. double the united states. because of that, you're seeing this huge inflow in money and business activity. are those targets accurate? >> yeah. i think this year we should be in the range between 3 1/2 and 4% growth. and it is a good growth rate if you compare it with other countries in the world with some latin countries in the continent. but it's not enough. mexico is still an emerging country. we have a substantial amount of people still in poverty. and we need the to grow faster and at a steady te that's why productivity is so important. and we have fantastic samples of competitive in mexico
the british pound, is that the best outcome? you can pay more for energy imports, but does that not hurt your competitiveness long-term? and does that undercot some of the vitality of these economies? >> absolutely. and then in the case of japan, it's sending the wrong message that we can go on creating government debt. and while i think that we should send actually the message of the country of that so that we should stick to a policy that is able to reduce bonds, that reduce government debts and then inflation will come once the pressure of government debt is lifted. >> luca, last word, then, are you worried that central banks have lost their independence here as we've come through the financial crisis? >> i'm not worried. i used to work for a central bank and nobody is really worried about this. what worries central bank is to get pressure to something that they cannot achieve because, obviously, this affects their republic ewe tagdz and credibility in something not very nice way. so this is a little bit what is happening to bank of japan. they have been pushing towards something that they
supportive policies for green energy. this following the country's recent pollution problems. b shares also scored on hopes that more firms will announce buyback programs at a premium or convert b shares into hong kong listed h shares. elsewhere, the hang seng finished slightly weaker. this after the country's second largest telcomaker issued a profit warning. but do note that its rival posted a 33% jump in profits. the kospi ending slightly lower. the apple mrooi suppliers lost ground ahead of the tech giant's q4 earnings out later this week. the asx 200 ended marginally in the green. shares of national australia bank rose after reports it may get an offer to offload its uk operations. india's sensex ended higher by .25%. back to you. >> sixuan, thank you very much for that. >>> turning now to the u.s., president barack obama began his second term on sunday in a low key inauguration ceremony at the white house. gathered with his family in the blue room, obama put his hand on a family bible to recite the 35-word oath. >> i barack hussein obama solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execu
energy on. >> i think the likelihood of a shutdown is less standard than it would have been ten days ago. but i would look at a three-stage process here. the first is tomorrow to deal with the debt ceiling and extend without a number extend the ability of the government to continue to expend until mid-may. then i would look at march 1st sequestration. that is the agreed-to reduction s amounts that the president already agreed to. >> and we've heard what sequestration would to to the government and people? >> not really, but with the nomination of peter, historically he's talked about cuts in defense. if you're going to cut, anyway, then let's get started and what about, too, is happening in the middle east, we'll find out tonight who takes israel, obviously netanyahu is leading the poles now. at the same time, north africa in the news with all of the latest violence at the gas field in algeria. so does this complicate the narrative of wanting to push ahead with sequestration? >> well, the speech yesterday was very short on international affairs. which i found surprising. because we are i
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